'America has become its own worst enemy'

Nov. 19, 2010 at 5:19 a.m.
Updated Nov. 20, 2010 at 5:20 a.m.

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Illegal immigrants come to America looking for the "American Dream" in hopes of a better life for themselves and their families, according to the National Geographic Ultimate Explorer.

The people of Mexico feel the need to escape the poverty that affects their country.

This in turn adds to the current economic instability of the United States.

Mexico is a country that is highly overpopulated, and the desire to leave to seek better opportunity has caused the United States to lose jobs, suffer financially and become dangerous because of crime.

The job economy in the United States is suffering a downfall.

U.S. citizens are losing their homes and depending on unemployment benefits just to survive.

In the past, cheap labor drove the economy. U.S. employers hired illegal immigrants to do the work that no American citizen would be willing to do. Now, there is a social struggle between Americans needing these jobs and having none available.

About 85.5 of every 100 new workers are new immigrants in this decade.

At no time in the last 60 years has America come close to this, according to CNNMoney.com. This statistic is shocking to readers because most people do not understand the severity of the effect on the economy because of illegal immigration.

Secondly, the government is handing out financial assistance to anyone who is in need.

Illegal immigrants are draining the American government, and this is likely to be the largest deficit in this economy. "'Anchor babies' is a reference to the children who are born on U.S. soil to illegal women and are eligible for U.S. government benefits," according to a definition by Wikipedia.

Access to government funding, such as Medicaid, WIC, food stamps and school assistance, makes it desirable to continue to have children in the United States.

Again, according to Wikipedia, "Illegal immigrants are exploiting the U.S. economy, and they cost more in services than they contribute."

Furthermore, according to the freelibrary.com, "as illegal immigrants flood the United States, a wave of crime committed by illegal immigrants, is crashing into border towns and threatening to engulf this entire nation."

Crime is all the headlines read these days in southwestern America.

Drug cartels, murders, gang violence, drug and weapon smuggling, money laundering and smuggling illegal aliens are among the major problems presented in the United States.

Americans must try to eliminate the problems, and protect their society.

Drugs are the largest exports from Mexico and the cause of violence and gang activity.

The money made by smuggling drugs, weapons and illegal aliens into the United States is enticing to members of the poor communities of Mexico.

The crime rate in the United States is much higher in border towns compared to the rest of the country.

In conclusion, the effect on this economy because of illegal immigration is not a good one.

Political and economical issues are forcing people to leave Mexico and face the challenge of entering the United States illegally.

The forcing out of one country into another is devastating to the country that is on the receiving end of this push.

The safety of the United States is at risk if things do not change.

The outpouring of financial support given to illegal immigrants is outrageous.

America has become its own worst enemy and will suffer a terrible fate unless change is made.

Jane Aguirre lives in Victoria and is a student at The Victoria College, working on acquiring certification as a registered nurse.



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